Perry Chiarmonte and Cynthia R. Fagen of the NEW YORK POST have a Coney Island-esque intro for 6-11, 210-pound New Jersey high school sophomore basketball player Marvadene Anderson, calling her “the world’s tallest teenage girl.” (Wait, what about the inevitable 19-year-old cave-dwelling Mongolian, who checks in at nine-foot-nine?)
(Prob wouldn’t have posted this if the video didn’t exist. Just being honest)
Anderson is also the world’s best basketball prospect with the shortest resume, having taken up hoops only in the last couple months. Anderson just moved to Jersey from Jamaica, where she was a youth star on the Jamaican women’s national netball team.
Yeah, no idea why she would move either.
The piece is the usual bit about Anderson being a project with rudimentary basketball skills, but there are a couple interesting tidbits in there.
“Everyone has come up to me and asked if I play college basketball. I told them I’m only a sophomore in high school. They gasped when I told them,” she said.
Anderson said she got her nickname “Bubbles” because of her good humor.
“People are friendly with me because of my height and my personality. If I was tall and mean, I think I’d have a problem,” she said.
“The rudest thing anybody ever said about my height is that I’m not going to be able to find a husband.”
We also get this:
Rutgers coach Mary Coyle-Klinger and her sister, former WNBA coach Pat Coyle, have been working with their new star.
Pat Coyle was a longtime head coach of the WNBA’s New York franchise. I know she’s working with her sister, but the cynic in me wonders how enthusiastic she’d be assisting on a prep school team if Anderson wasn’t there. (I know, I’m probably the only person who thinks that way. Shame on me.)
If she can keep her weight down, I can only imagine the force Anderson has a chance to become. Put her and Brittney Griner on the same team in 3-4 years and you’d never lose. Now if we can only figure out a way to fudge her Jamaican citizenship and get her on the U.S. National Team.